Work started late 1975 and by 1978 all sections of the track had progressed well. By March 1979 the track was nearing completion to the point where it could be put into operation.
It is a walk of approximately 80kms and offers diversity of appeal and attraction for those seeking a picturesque picnic location to a true wilderness experience.
Features include historical, geological, a variety of forests and flora, exquisite fauna, a canyon, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, mountains and ranges.
To date magazines and authors (John Cannon, John Chapman, Nic Haygarth and Tyron Thomas) have and continue to acknowledge the Penguin Cradle Trail.
NOTICE OF TRACK CHANGES
This information is correct at July 2022.
July 2022. The North West Coast of Tasmania suffered damaging winds in a narrow band inland from the coast. The PCT has also been affected with localised tree wind falls in the Gunns Plains / Loongana area. The full extent of damage is unknown at this time but track clearing is on going. Damaged areas may impede your progress so allow for these eventualities when planning your trips.
Since the rain event in June 2016 that caused major flooding in the Leven River catchment area, track work has been ongoing. Contractors have done rock work to re-establish parts of the track but some river banks in the Leven Canyon from Gunns Plains to Loongana have been permanently damaged so delays at times of high river levels may be experienced. The section from Taylors Flats across the Black Bluff Range to Cradle Mountain was unaffected by floods. Work is ongoing for the entire track but there may be some tree falls and vegetation to impede your progress.
A new section of track is now open in the Gunns Plains area. The track now enters the property of Wings Wildlife Park. The new section avoids going through a private logging plantation. The below signage has been installed on the track. Wings Wildlife Park is private property so please treat and respect as such. The property also has camping (fees apply), cafe as well as a renowned wildlife centre.